Allied Warships

HMS Whimbrel (U 29)

Sloop of the Modified Black Swan class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassModified Black Swan 
PennantU 29 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Ordered8 Sep 1939 
Laid down31 Oct 1941 
Launched25 Aug 1942 
Commissioned13 Jan 1943 
End service 

Sold to the Egyptian Navy November 1949 and renamed Farouq.

As of January 2004 this vessel is currently in an Eygptian dry dock and it's future is being negotiated with British authorities in the hope it may be returned to England and restored as a museum.


Commands listed for HMS Whimbrel (U 29)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Josselyn Moore, DSC, RNR2 Dec 194220 Apr 1944
2Cdr. Eric Hewitt, RD, RNR20 Apr 194423 Nov 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Norman Robins Murch, RN23 Nov 1944mid 1946

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Notable events involving Whimbrel include:

14 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Whimbrel (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Moore, DSC, RNR), HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR), HMCS Kenogami (T/Lt. J.L. Percy, RCNVR) and HMS Ilfracombe (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Clark, DSC, RN). (1)

17 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Whimbrel (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Moore, DSC, RNR), HrMs Johan Maurits van Nassau (Cdr. A. de Booy, RNN), HMS Myosotis (T/Lt. R. Lugg, RNR), HMS Fowey (Cdr.(Retd.) L.B.A. Majendie, RN) and HMS Stork (Cdr.(Retd.) G.W.E. Castens, RN). (2)

8 Mar 1944
HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and HMS Whimbrel (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Moore, DSC, RNR). Following these A/S exercises a practice attack was made on HMS Starling. (3)

23 Jun 1945
HMS Voracious (Lt. D.R. Wilson, DSC, RANVR) conducted A/S exercises off Brisbane with HMS Odzani (A/Lt.Cdr. J.N. Burgess, RANVR) and HMS Whimbrel (Lt.Cdr. N.R. Murch, RN). (4)

2 Sep 1945
HMS Whimbrel (Lt.Cdr. N.R. Murch, RN) was present at the official surrender of the Imperial Japanese Forces in Tokyo Bay.


  1. ADM 173/17827
  2. ADM 173/17786
  3. ADM 173/18996
  4. ADM 173/20343

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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